Campus Improvements

Campus Improvements

We are excited to share with you the completed construction projects on campus!

Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall

Named for two of Kansas City’s visionary philanthropists, Paul and Linda DeBruce, this building will house Art History, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurial Studies, Liberal Arts and the Ronald Cattelino Center for Student Services.

The Hall is designed by Hufft, a Kansas City-based architecture firm known for creating meaningful spaces inspired by people and how they move within a space. Award-winning landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt will design the expansive outdoor spaces and Kansas City construction company McCownGordon will build the facility. Designed to be a “classroom in a garden”, Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall will impact every student at the college and will elevate the profile of KCAI’s academic programs in a state-of-the-art facility.

A unique architectural feature of the Hall will be the entry portal on Oak Street. Visitors will enter through a portal adorned with panels, each engraved with the name of influential art historians of the past and present. The entrance will become a tribute to the individuals who have interpreted and written about art and artists for future generations. “Many museums and art centers celebrate artists by having their names of the facade – but no one has honored art historians – the scholars who interpret, explain and tell us the stories of those artists. I think they deserve thanks and recognition” said Nerman Family President Tony Jones CBE.



Tony Jones Studios for Animation and Illustration

Located in the former living center towers, Tony Jones Studios provide a new home for two of our fastest growing departments, Animation and Illustration. With input from faculty and the expertise of Kansas City Architects Gould Evans, the 30,000 square foot towers were designed to provide optimal classroom, studio space and common areas for each department’s unique needs. Animation, in the north tower, has multi-media presentation walls and high-tech lighting controls to darken the spaces for student presentations. Illustration utilizes natural light and has large gallery walls to display student work.  Both departments provide students with individual studios to explore, experiment and create.

KCAI Gallery

The KCAI Gallery, formerly the Crossroads Gallery, has a new home in a prime location on the lower level of Tony Jones Studios. The new gallery features flexible space that will shift from classroom to studio to gallery to black-box theater, plus a movable wall system to accommodate a variety of exhibitions. It offers the public a new destination nestled between the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and H&R Block Artspace.  Being on campus gives students opportunities for experiential learning and cross-disciplinary engagements as well as the ability to interact with working artists. The gallery will continue to collaborate with the Center for Contemporary Practice (CCP), the college’s program that works with all departments and explores new community partnerships.